Forget the past and read this book now Mar 27, 2013
This amazingly dense book shot to notoriety due to the "fatwa" pronounced against its author back in the 1980s for supposedly "insulting Islam." While a modest portion of the book is devoted to a nightmare the central character has about how the faith's origins might have played out, it comprises only a tiny bit of the overall sweep of its very compelling drama. This book must be read, and more than once, if the reader is to appreciate the full range of Salman Rushdie's astonishing imagination and ability to construct character, all within a framework of contemporary 1980s life in England. It is not his most accessible work, but well worth reading nonetheless.